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Languages@Warwick and Snap

Posted by tm37475 Mar 2, 2017

Our Moodlerooms site Languages@Warwick applied the Snap theme during the summer of 2015 after piloting with a group of interested tutors. Their responses were generally positive to the move to a more mobile friendly theme and they approved of the desire to reduce the "scroll of death" and improve the interface. This document was created to publicise the move and new tutorials created to support navigation. As you know there have been further changes made to the interface since Moodle 3 so we try to help inform our users through an open G+ community and opportunities for "show and tell" sessions during the year.


One of our first challenges was to support tutors in their section of images for their course. As we have an international team of tutors there are many different attitudes towards sources images and I was concerned that we would quickly run in to copyright issues. I provided resources to help find CC0 images, increase awareness of Google advanced search, Creative Commons licencing and having these discussions with colleagues was vital to raise awareness of the thorny issues of ownership in the digital world. Since then I have also co-authored this ALT-C blog post to share wider thinking on the use of media. I am currently project managing a Warwick International Higher Education Academy project with staff and students (#knowhow)  to extend the conversation across our campus around open educational practice.


A further challenge was to help staff organise and structure their courses so as not to overwhelm our learners and I created this advice in the form of a Top Tips for Course creation on Listly. The site features and navigation are further supported by video tutorials on our open gallery and YouTube channel .  


All tutors are enrolled on a 101 course on our site where they can access the documentation and resources from the Moodlerooms knowledge base as well as our own resources. The news forum also provides the latest news on webinars and events for professional development. The Languages@Warwick site prioritises interaction through speaking, listening, video, screen capture etc. thanks to our tools which include Blackboard Collaborate, Voicethread, Kaltura media console and media space and has been how we have managed to innovate in teaching and learning, as captured in some of my publications here:


Learning to swim in new waters

Creating and nurturing a Community of Practice

Using e-tools to facilitate international collaborations

A new approach to assessing Online Intercultural Exchange